Everyone is getting excited for PSL (Pumpkin Spice Lattes, for those of you who had no idea it was abbreviated) lol. I am not a huge fan of the PSL, but I can say I am pretty basic when it comes to all things fall. When the weather changes my state of mind brightens. I know there are people out there who hate cold weather, get depressed with the season change and will whine about it until Spring, but I ADORE fall. I love it. I’m not ashamed of it and I love it all. I love the crisp air, hoodies, football, decorations, holidays included, hot drinks, soups, stews, chili and football snacks. I love it. I have always enjoyed it. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I look forward to the pumpkin patch, life group halloween party, football games… all of it. All. Of. It.
The thing about September is that it gives me life. September is like a breath of fresh air, a new start, a clean slate. For me, September brings with it a flood of memories. I’m very reflective, introspective and thankful as this month comes back ever year, without fail.
September of 2012 was the hardest month of my life. One would think February of 2013 was, but I can honestly say, without Sept 2012, I would have imploded in Feb of 2013. Without the experience of that September, 6 years ago (how in the WORLD was it 6 YEARS ago?!?!) I would be nothing like I am today. That month shaped so much of who I am now. I am forever grateful for that month, even if it was the hardest thing I have ever done.
That month was tough. You can read about it in a number of previous posts at the old blog … It was full of loneliness, stretching of my faith, learning how to be completely reliant on the Lord, learning a new place, facing the birth of our second child who would immediately be in the fight of his life… without my husband for 2 weeks, alone in a new town with our 13 month old little girl… the whole thing.. the whole month…
So even though it was so hard and so tough, it brought with it SO much growth, and a precious boy who shaped me, still shapes me, to this day. Without the dark parts of that season I would be so lost.
What does any of this have to do with anything?
Well, September has become a month of remembrance for me, which brings with it, a cleansing of sorts. This year, Nick and I will be doing a health cleanse, looking for ways to reduce screen time, be more active and intentional with our girls, enjoy our new routine with having Saturdays open, and celebrate the life of our boy at the end of the month.
My goals for this month are fairly typical, but I find myself in a new house, new neighborhood, Ava is in a new school, we have moved to Sundays only with our church, which opens up an entire new way of life for our little family. We are in a home that has room to breathe, space to entertain, cook, be creative, and thrive. I do not take these things for granted and want to bank on all the opportunity it brings.
So, we are focusing on eating clean, moving more, more sleep, less screens, more reading, and a ton of fun. This month brings with it, hard memories, but each time I relive that month, I am reminded of strong I am in my weakness and how much I grew and how much I proved to myself that I can do hard things.
September is coming at the perfect time, this year. Like it has a choice haha. For real though, I have been in need of this month since the end of July. August has been hard for me. I have struggled with bad habits (ugh, soda/screens/sugar), not sleeping well (most likely because of those 3 mentioned things). It’s just been hard. My brain has seemed foggy, we’re finally figuring out a school/work routine. We’ve become more and more settled into the new place. August has been a whirlwind and September came right on time.
So, what can September do for you? Could it be possible to have a fresh start, clean slate, open space to learn, grow, refresh, try something new, maintain established habits that are good for you, enjoy your life more?
What are the things you are looking forward to? I would love to know! Share how this new season and new month are going to be good for you? Maybe the next month looks impossible to navigate with the busy busy schedule ahead. Maybe you’re dreading September like I was years ago. I encourage you to find some ways to give yourself grace, make margin and enjoy something this month.
Read a new book, read an old book, bake something, create something, write something, try something new, do something fun! Be sure and share!
How can you find the heart in the middle of it all? Just lift your eyes. He will show you. Maybe finding the heart this month is to take care of yourself. However it looks, be all in.
Share and let’s celebrate this new month and new season with each other.
Happy Fall Y’all!